Dacia Bigster Concept hybrid SUV foreshadows a budget RAV4

As part of Renault’s Renaulution strategy, group company Dacia unveiled a 5 year business plan this week which includes the announcement of the Dacia Bigster concept – a C-segment SUV which will see the budget conscious brand sell its most expensive product till date.

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The next 5 years for the French group will see it focus on the Dacia-Lada business unit, with the brand announcing that the Alliance’s (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi) CMF-B platform will be fully leveraged for upcoming products. The CMF-B platform will also give these products the versatility of featuring alternative and hybrid engines, Dacia confirmed, while acknowledging future regulations will be met via this route.

The Dacia Bigster Concept is described as being a ‘roomy, robust’ SUV meant for ‘open air and dusty roads’. Dacia confirms the SUV measures 4.6 meters in length, which puts it in the ballpark of the world’s best-selling C-segment SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the VW Tiguan. However, given the brand’s heritage of adhering to a strict cost sheet, the production Dacia Bigster will be ‘accessible, at the cost of a vehicle from the segment below’, the company said.

Not much was shared by Dacia about the Bigster concept, but the company promises a ‘very spacious’ interior with generous outside dimensions, and focusses on the ‘genuine-ness’ of the design: There are no chrome, or imitation-aluminium trims, but raw recycled plastics are used for all exterior protective panels.

Dacia Bigster SUV concept profile
The production Bigster SUV will feature alternate and hybrid engines. Image source: Renault.

As far as hybrid engines are concerned, while it is too early to predict, the production Dacia Bigster could use a PHEV system similar to that of the B-segment Renault Captur, but with added boost. The Captur’s E-Tech hybrid powertrain sees 160 hp via a 1.6L petrol engine combined with a 9.8 kWh battery and twin electric motors with up to 30 miles (48 km) of electric only range.

Given the Euro 7 norms (full compliance for Euro 7 is expected before 2025), it would be reasonable to expect even entry variants of the Dacia Bigster to feature MHEV (Mild Hybrid with a 48V system).

The CMF-B platform will enable Dacia (and Lada) to move from 4 platforms to 1, and from 18 body types to 11, with a significant emphasis on the crossover/SUV style. For 2021, the company will focus on the ramp up of the new Sandero, in addition to the Logan and the Dacia Spring which is billed as Europe’s most affordable EV city car. By 2025, Dacia will have 3 new models, including the C-segment Bigster SUV.

Dacia Bigster FAQs

What is the Dacia Bigster SUV release date?

The Dacia Bigster hybrid production version is expected to premiere towards end-2022 or early 2023.

Which SUVs would rival the Dacia Bigster hybrid?

C-segment SUVs including the Toyota RAV4 & next gen Honda CR-V hybrid would be targeted by the Dacia Bigster.

What will be the price of the Dacia Bigster hybrid?

Dacia says the price of the Bigster will be similar to a segment below. Expect prices in Europe to start from the approximately 22,000 EUR.

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